vernonfelton

I'm bald. I've been riding since 1986 and writing about it professionally since 1997. I was Editor in Chief of Bike Magazine, as well as Gear Editor, Web Editor, Senior Editor and Editor at Large. I like pork.

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vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jun 14, 2017 at 7:31
Jun 14, 2017
NS Snabb Plus 1 – Review
Per the review, I was running between 30 and 33 percent sag throughout the duration of the test. That's generally the right amount of sag for a all-mountain/enduro bike. The lack of squat (pedaling-induced suspension bob) isn't a result of the tester (myself) running ridiculously high PSI--it's a combination of kinematics and, to some degree, of course, shock tune. I made a point of saying the bike doesn't simply blaze up hills because many people assume that a bike with a fair bit of anti-squat should be incredibly fast on the climbs. Climbing performance is more complex than simply tuning much of the bobbing out. A bike's geometry, weight, etc. also play a role in climbing performance and, of course, you sacrifice some climbing traction if the degree of anti-squat is high enough that the bike's rear wheel doesn't track as well as other bikes under pedaling loads. Again, the goal was to point out this larger distinction: Yes, it pedals efficiently, but, no, it is not some blazing beast of a climber.
vernonfelton KimBrennan's article
Jun 13, 2017 at 21:43
Jun 13, 2017
Share The Ride - Richmond, CA 2017
Personally stoked to see this as I grew up not so far away from Richmond. Good on Mongoose, Kali and Abus for helping to bring bikes to a place they are needed and to kids who might not otherwise get the chance to discover how truly awesome riding can be.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Jun 12, 2017 at 19:55
Jun 12, 2017
NS Snabb Plus 1 – Review
I'll have to ask Michael Storm--the photo model for that day. We banged out two shoots on one ride--I was on the Switchblade, Storm was on the NS. I'm bad when it comes to recognizing clothing--if it's clean, I wear it. That's about as deep as I normally go, unless I'm slated to review a piece of apparel.
vernonfelton paulaston's article
Jun 3, 2017 at 0:14
Jun 3, 2017
Check Out – June
@weebleswobbles: It's crazy how light that rod is and how small it packs down. It's pretty cool.
vernonfelton paulaston's article
Jun 1, 2017 at 19:19
Jun 1, 2017
Check Out – June
@TProud: I wasn't sure how PB commenters would react to the rod. Stoked to see people get it. Fishing and bikes have always been my twin passions. Bikes were the tool to take me to those out of the way spots when I was a kid and my best days still involve combining a ride with some casting.
vernonfelton paulaston's article
Jun 1, 2017 at 7:40
Jun 1, 2017
Check Out – June
@rpearce1475: Exactly. The mini Teton is geared towards fish two pounds and lighter. There are Tenkara rods aimed at larger fish, but this is a small stream rod. That said, careful playing of the fish and upsizing the line slightly can bring in fish bigger than that. Which Tenkara rod model are you using?
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
May 31, 2017 at 8:59
May 31, 2017
Pivot Switchblade – Review
@leelau: I rock size 45 shoes and ride a bit duck-footed--I haven't hit the stays yet after a year of riding the bike. Admittedly surprising, but there it is.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
May 29, 2017 at 19:44
May 29, 2017
Pivot Switchblade – Review
@spunkmtb: While it's true i've worked in a bike shop and might have a different perspective than you about the ease/difficulty of a particular procedure, I don't think adding or removing a headset cup is, in fact, a technically challenging process. The biggest hurdle is, to be sure, buying a headset press. Investing in bike tools, however, is one of those things we all have to do at some point or another. Brakes need bleeding, spokes loosen up and need tightening, bottom brackets need to be removed and/or installed. C'est la vie. For the record, I generally remove headset cups with nothing more than a flat-blade screwdriver and a mallet. Moreover, what I am describing in the review is that Pivot gives you the option to run either wheel size (29er or 27.5+) and that you can essentially maintain equivalent geo and reduce pedal strikes by adding the tall cup, should you, in fact, opt to go from 29er wheels and tires to 27.5x2.8 or 3.0. The bike, however, doesn't demand that you make the swap at all. You can run either wheel size and be just fine. Again, it's an option--an option that not every bike out there gives you. This is fundamentally different than a drawback. While some companies, admittedly, don't require that you install a different headset lower cup in order to go back and forth between these two wheel sizes, you'll then generally wind up having to fiddle with the shock mount. Not that doing so is a drawback, per se, either: it's just an acknowledgement that putting 27.5x2.8 tires on a 29er (if the bike design does, in fact, allow for it) leads to different geometry (most notably a lower BB that will likely have you smacking pedals). In short, every bike that gives you the opportunity to run both 29 and 27-plus tires and wheels WILL require that you fiddle with something to maintain proper geometry. That's just reality. The drawback, really, would be if you didn't have the option to make the swap in the first place. In short, bikes like the Hightower and the Switchblade are giving people more choice by not restricting the bike owner to a single wheel size. I don't see how that can be construed as a drawback. As for not being a huge fan of how XT brakes work, I'm taking pains in the review to note that lots of people love the way they feel at the lever and that I simply am not one of them. A biased review would simply state that they were "bad" or that they "sucked". Instead, I've explained what I find lacking and noted where the brakes do, in fact, shine (reliability).
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
May 19, 2017 at 22:19
May 19, 2017
Recon Gen-2 R5 Shuttle Rack – Review
@2bigwheels, are you kidding? Hell no. It rolls on a car chassis, but I run it like a truck. For as long as it will last....
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
May 12, 2017 at 16:02
May 12, 2017
Brilliant or Bullshit? – Pinkbike Poll
@leelau: I have no friggin' idea how you guys survived that era on those bikes and products!
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